Luxe Surfaces Post: Concrete Trend

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Solid Ideas For Integrating Cement Into Your Interiors

Tudo & Co

Tudo & Co.

Concrete is one of the only materials that has the ability to be both industrial and chic at the same time. If you want a look of modern industrialism, it’s a surefire way to go – especially right now because it’s trending all over the place. Your first inclination may not be to hang such a weighty material from the ceiling, but that’s exactly what we would do with a show-stopping light fixture like this one picture above. There’s something unexpected about it that draws the eye straight up and holds it there, giving you a great piece to center the rest of the room around.

Foscarini

Foscarini

There are plenty of concrete lighting options to choose from, some with a lighter feel to them than others. The beauty above is offered in three different finishes that bring out varying personalities of the material, and would look great alone or in a grouping of several.

Nicoline Olsen

Nicoline Olsen

If you’re all in on concrete let’s take it in the other direction entirely: floors. Concrete floors often get a bad rap because they’re so synonymous with commercial spaces. But done the right way, in the right space, with the right aesthetic, a concrete floor can pack a punch in a home. In the past few years treatments like stencils, stamps, polishes, acid stains, dyes, paints, and more have been making themselves known and giving the once common flooring a bevy of new looks. And don’t forget how easy concrete is to keep clean, nearly every mess can be picked up easily.

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The beauty of concrete furniture is that once it has been sealed you can leave it indoors or move it outside. The clean lines of a minimalistic dining table gives you the freedom of changing out dining chairs as well as the rest of the room while anchoring it with a substantial piece of furniture that’s timeless.

Native Trails

Native Trails

Even if modern isn’t your preferred look, there are plenty of ways to work concrete into your home. For example, an incredible sink that you can build an entire kitchen around. A piece like this would look equally at place in a sparse loft or country farmhouse, it’s all about what’s added to the rest of the room that determines the overall aesthetic.

Purple Jungle Co

Purple Jungle Co.

If you’re not already sold on the concrete trend, let’s explore how to incorporate it on a smaller scale. Concrete planters are nothing new, but when brought indoors they take on a whole new flavor that lends itself exceptionally well to mid-century modern design — the definition of form meeting function.

Camino

Camino

Add a touch of concrete with purpose to your home or office with a sleek wall clock. Check out how well the copper accents mesh with the concrete in this modern concrete clock. It warms up that iconic cool grey hue, a tip to keep in mind when decorating with the material in any capacity if you’re intimidated by its sterility.

Made By Rheal

Made By Rheal

If that’s still too much for your taste, consider even smaller accessories like a set of coasters. If you tire of them being on the coffee table think outside the box and use one as a soap dish in the bathroom or to hold your kitchen sponge when not in use.

the drive New York

the drive New York

This tidy concrete desk set has such clean, crisp lines that it’s sure to keep your work life just as shipshape. Or use it at home to corral an unruly kitchen or craft room corner, because this is one trend that’s able to find a place in nearly every space.

Ashlar

Ashlar

Luxe Surfaces offers up the perfect way to take the concrete trend vertical. The Ashlar pattern in particular mimics all of the qualities we love about actual concrete while adding an intricate pattern of simple lines to the mix. Available in five different colorways, this is a great option for bringing the trend into your space in an especially unique way.

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Share with us how you’ve incorporated concrete into your home or a recent client design.

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52 Room Designs Utilizing Digital Wallcovering: Day 5

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Drawing inspiration from personal experience, Patty translates life’s many facets onto proprietary “canvases” meant to be shared and discussed with others. Whether this “public forum” is a private residence or commercial property, Patty’s digital wallcovering is immediately engaging.  Digitally rendered, the designs are stimulating, unanticipated and yet strangely familiar. Patty’s artwork unites us through shared emotion, stimulates our senses, and reminds us of a common human experience…in a very uncommon way. The designs are powerful. Highly individualistic. Spiritual. The final product onto which they are rendered…equally so.

Patty has captured art in its truest sense as a visual form of communication and released it beyond the frame. Pairing unforgettable design with innovative grounds has “loosed” wallcovering and reflects a transition visible in several aspects of interior design:

  • the resurgence in popularity of vintage furniture masters (Le Corbusier, Eames, Baughmann, to name a few)
  • a refocusing on quality and “honest” materials (and our experience of those materials)
  • the beauty of natural surfaces and light

This re-imagination of material has captured the attention of Luxe Surfaces, who together with Patty Madden, have long been aware of the import of wall space.

So how do you experience your walls? Are they necessary fundamentals holding up your roof? A place for your ceiling to rest? Or does the idea of art beyond the frame appeal to you? In the Patty Madden Digital Wallcovering collection, we market our product primarily on vinyl and mylar grounds. However, colour, scale, and grounds (vinyl, mylar, acrylic, wood veneer), can all be easily substituted and customized. No longer limited by the pairing of design components – pioneering product developer – Patty Madden – makes unimaginable artistic possibilities for vertical space a reality. Our tenacious desire for something “new” has met its match with the digital evolution of surface artistry. Today the onlooker joins forces to co-create with the artist.

The digital wallcovering ‘Zephyr‘ is a perfect example. A fascinating design, replete with old world ornamentation, Patty has reinterpreted the motifs with modern clarity and crisp contour. A mylar ground would make your space luminous, but print the design on acrylic paneling affixed to your walls evokes a sense of gallery-like interiors. The results are endless and always breathtaking.

Luxe Surfaces. Offering you a completely new way to “experience” your walls.

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52 Room Designs Utilizing Digital Wallcovering: Day 4

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It’s hard to miss the resurgent popularity of geometrics in interior design and easy to be intimidated by its adept use on fashion runways and popular architectural magazines. When applied correctly, however, today’s geometrics are a fantastic and easy way to give your interior spaces an elegant, thoroughly modern look. Here’s a few pointers to help you get started.

LESS IS MORE If we’ve learned anything from the cyclical waves of fashion trends over the years, it’s the appreciation that “less is – typically – more.” That, and a growing appreciation of design inspo from Mother Nature, mean old favs are reborn in fresh and contemporary ways. Just remember KISS… and I’m not talking about the band.

DON’T LOSE YOUR BALANCE The new geometric aesthetique, while paying homage to its past, melds geometric design with earth-friendly, thought provoking new materials = a totally new type of groovy. No offense, 70’s! Balance out the straight lines and shapes of geometrics with classic shapes and natural elements for interest.

COLOUR YOUR WORLD In contrast to their more traditional counterparts, today’s geometrics are larger and more simplistic – giving us the “space” we need to breathe and relax amidst our busy lives. The profound visual interest piqued by larger scale design is further enhanced with saturated earthen hues that are restful, “solid” and inviting. Geometrics, in a foundational colour palette or neutral, will direct your selection of accent pieces and art.

LOVE YOUR CURVES Keep your interiors from looking too rigid by embracing your curves… circles or waves in a floor rug (think zebra!), pillows or curtains. Unless you are into uber contemporary, this is an important step in your design maturity.

SIZE YOU UP Larger geometric patterns do well to be paired with other patterns that are the next largest or smallest in size to the geometric. This way, you avoid one piece completely overshadowing the other. Though “one of these is not like the other” they end up looking born for each other.

BLENDED FAMILY STYLE Want to integrate geometrics with pattern and “layer?” A few rules of thumb:

Colour – Utilize different shades of one color in conjunction with complimentary hues (get a colour wheel).

Texture – keep it interesting! Work natural wovens, metals and earth inspired pattern, alongside your geometric.

Scale – keep the size of each your patterns different (think small, medium, large) and pick one from each grouping. Giving your eye somewhere to “rest” in your space is essential to keep your space from looking “overworked,” overthought, and busy.

Inspired by an Incan wall in Machu Picchu, Patty has captured all the decorating tenants discussed above in Ashlar. Visit our site by clicking this link to explore. Interestingly, in some Masonic groupings, ashlars are used as a symbolic metaphor for progress.

We couldn’t agree more.

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52 Room Designs Utilizing Digital Wallcovering: Day 3

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Ever loved a piece of art so much you wished it was infinitely larger encompassing your entire space with its colour, movement, and emotion? Now you can. Luxe Surfaces is pleased to introduce Patty Madden Digital Wallcovering. Patty combines proprietary printing technology and substrates with design artwork to suit everyone’s taste – from nature-inspired organics and botanicals, to vortex imagery and geometrics – Patty’s designs unleash the imagination. ‘Nest’ is the perfect example. Click on the link to explore it colourways and details up close.

Nest’s portrayal of nature’s stunning, asymmetrical haven captures the beauty of woven, sculpted filaments, grass and feathers. Securely anchored within protective boughs, silken spiderwebs provide an ethereal softness that makes you want to crawl within its sanctuary. That’s the beauty of Patty’s digital artistry. Colour, scale and the very ground or substrate upon which your art is printed can be adjusted to match what you see in your mind’s eye. Rendered in browns, greens, cream and grey – Nest will get you “feathering.” But change the artwork to the blue colour scheme and immediately you’re transported 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate the difference a colour can make (greys, anyone?!?). See for yourself!

“With unlimited combinations to choose from, digital wallcoverings can transform any space into a striking, and attention-grabbing conversation piece.”
Imagine limitless possibilities with digital wallcovering by Luxe Surfaces and Patty Madden. Digital wallcovering adds depth and dimension in a way that feels very couture and lavish but can be created and installed to fit any budget in a remarkable timeframe. The innovation and freedom to design and adapt is endless, allowing for one-of-a-kind works of art for your wall.

Go ahead. Unleash your imagination and free your art from the frame.

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52 Room Designs Utilizing Digital Wallcovering: Day 2

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Interior designers create spaces that support us, make us feel good, cheer us or simply cause us to “chill.” They understand our spaces define us – how we live, work and play. They give us a sense of being, we input our sense of personhood into them and valued items of belonging. Luxe Surfaces has partnered with Patty Madden and created a wallcovering product that “taps into” this very important essence of our being: the desire for beauty and order in our surroundings. Patty incorporates unique design on proprietary grounds that “birth” life out of the interplay between texture and colour. One such example is  ‘Solace.’ Myth tells of a great tree growing at the center of the universe – branches piercing through human affairs; boughs upholding the firmament with its stars and planets, roots anchored in the eternal soil of time. Patty Madden lyrically captures the flow of wisdom, knowledge, and truth through an intricate, vascular system that channels life into the evolution of the human family. The design’s subtle metallic ground illuminates interior space painting liquid warmth over every surface. Available in five different colourways, the inclusivity of the design ‘Solace’ draws you in to a space you never want to leave; a space that is anchored in your heart no matter where your travels take you.

 

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52 Room Designs Utilizing Digital Wallcovering: Day 1

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Molecules “dance” with the introduction of energy and forms morph. Solid to liquid. Though temperatures rise, ‘Melt’ likes it HOT! As though freed from a fixed shape, Patty’s charred hues and glistening golds capture the beauty of heat-induced fragments of digital viscosity. ‘Melt’ can be scaled to fit your preference. Patty has made the design available in four colorways, but color can be changed easily to suit your setting. Create ‘Melt’ on various grounds that range from vinyl and proprietary mylar, to veneer, metal and clear film. Though shown in a bedroom, anywhere you use ‘Melt’ is sure to make the sparks fly!

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Digital Wallcovering CAN Work In Your Space


DWCWIYSPatty Madden’s digitally created designs invoke a visual tension between earthy naturalism and man-made elements, the masculine and feminine, modern and vintage.  Alongside its curiosity comes a flexible design ethos that works beautifully in the discerning space be it residential or commercial.

Renown for intriguing design and finish propensity (think Zaza Mylar), Patty’s work is undeniably rock ‘n’ roll gloss double-dipped in high-chroma style. With a certain Hollywood aesthetic, Patty cues up 40’s glamour and serves it up HOT with thoroughly contemporary motifs that lend her work the ever popular ’70s vibe – funky, yet eternally chic.

If punches of intense colour cause you pause, monochromatic may be your calling. And don’t worry. Patty, too, likes a repose. A professor of Pantone was once quoted as saying, “Use colour wisely, Grasshopper,” and Luxe Surfaces couldn’t agree more. Want to play Switzerland with your neutrals? Fine, but don’t let vibrancy of digital pattern scare you away from displaying bold pieces of wall art atop one of Luxe Surface’s more subdued geometrics or grasscloth looks (available here: www.luxesurfaces.com). Not only has Patty made many of her digital wallcovering designs available in calming casts, but the emboldened digital artwork is killer behind a frame. Now that’s double tasking!

When integrated into spaces that utilize lacquered surfaces, brass, mirrors, gold leaf, statuary and vintage-inspired furniture, you achieve contemporary maximalism. When surroundings are simplified, and the focus on the digitally-designed wall itself, you have contemporary minimalism at its finest. Together with Luxe Surfaces, Patty Madden has succeeded in creating an identifiable look both glamorous and provocative and enduringly appealing. Make your environment memorable with Patty Madden Digital Wallcovering.

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Considerations of the Modern White Wall

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Clean. Pristine. Divine. A white dove. Brides, babies and the sacred. It is innocence in it’s essence and a key player in today’s modern interiors.

But white is not simply white. Layered with tonal possibilities, white represent tabula rasa – a blank slate – all that is possible. Perhaps, most importantly, a clearing in the thicket of our lives. The promise of rest.

Sir Isaac Newton discovered that natural white light contains all colours – we simply can’t see them being reflected. Contrary to the misnomer of a pure white, true whites are rarely found in nature. In fact, part of the beauty of using white is how white can be layered on other iterations of itself for a beautiful designed environment.

On a psychological level, white:

•Aids mental clarity

•Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles

•Evokes purification of thoughts or actions

•Enables fresh beginnings

White is a colour associated with peace and calm; meditation and quiet. Think of your

street after a fresh snowfall. Silence. Reprieve. White embraces black as an anchor.

Orange as a accent. Grey as an achromatic. Understanding the foundational

importance of white, Patty Madden has explored the various levels of white and

provided Luxe Surfaces with a variety of white SKUs that explore the tonal corners of

this often misunderstood hue. Visit the WALLCOVERING tab at our website and search

the FILTER window for the colour WHITE. You will be enchanted by the options – from

textures and designs, small and large, some flat, some highlighted with cool and warm

metallics, we invite you to reflect.

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5 Ways to Decorate With Red

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With the arrival of Fall, we are anxious to get in step – design-wise – so that our habitats reflect the season. As tans fade, more rustic hues replace pastels and brights, our thoughts turn to pumpkin spice lattes, fireplaces and football. Unfortunately, our interiors often become an ode to the State Fair of Texas in October. If not incorporated (or eliminated!) rusts, forest greens, and yellows tend to make an interior feel dated. It’s time we explore how to put a new spin on an aging theme so we can turn out rooms with real impact. Let’s consider how red is our friend.

To begin, understand red. Unless you are a hospitality designer doing restaurants or casinos, red is best used as an accent color. It can be integrated in everything from lighting and candles to pillows and walls. An accent of red draws attention to other things you might not even notice in the room and given the installation less is often more.

The colour red you select will take it’s cue from your design style:

1)  Contemporary – Contemporary design incorporates neutral elements with pops of bold color, often red. Try bright red shades in a pillow, rug or throw.

2) Modern – From primary hues to classic shades with burgundy or brown undertones, any red you love will make a statement. Consider injecting red through a painting or piece of art.

3) Traditional – This design style shies away from primary reds and instead tries a red with burgundy or black tones. Oriental rugs with deep, rich reds are a great example.

4) Transitional – The neutral palette of this design style provides a perfect canvas for pops of red. Outdoor hues of red as used on a front door can be tied to reds you use inside the home. Inside, a softer and more indirect approach like a red lamp or piece of art will keep you from “seeing red!”

5) Country – Reds in this design scheme are chalkier and softer: Think barn or scarlet reds. Choose reds with pinkish and purplish hues, like the color of a ripening apple.

Again, you can keep this scheme more up to date by not overdoing the red but accessorizing with country reds in knickknacks and fabrics.

Long story short, you can be excited about warming up your design scheme as long as you take the preceding hints to heart. Use red but consider your space. Integrate it with new and novel colors besides the traditionals to make your space feel new and fresh. Forego the warning and scarecrows will start asking if you are renting rooms! If you choose to go bold, make sure your space can handle it. High ceilings, a muted wall color and lots of natural light help tone down a too bold hue and promise to turn your space into a design touchdown!

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How to Mix and Match Patterns

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Patterns bring an exciting element into any interior. Combining prints and patterns really makes things come alive, but overdoing it can give your entrants quite the headache. At Luxe Surfaces, we give you expert tips on mixing and matching patterns the right way.

Find Inspiration

If you don’t know where to start, look for things that inspire you. Begin with a simple color you really like, a fabric you’ve found, an item of clothing you love, or simply take in the wonders of the outside world – then go from there.

Build Upon One Bold Pattern

When experimenting with more than three patterns, don’t get ahead of yourself. Choose one bold pattern you like and find others that complement it. Your patterns should vary in scale from large to small. You want to tie in patterns that have the same color hue and intensity – so don’t use pastels with primary colors, etc. You can always use solids as a neutral when you need a filler.

Be Aware of Texture

Keep in mind that the texture and feel of certain patterns plays an important role in the way your prints mix. Try to keep textures similar if you’re using a variety of patterns.

Use Your Space Well

Remember, you have a large amount of space to work with. You don’t want to put all your patterned piece in one spot because it will create an unbalance that will throw off your guests. Distribute your patterns throughout the room to create a sense of space and balance.

We Can Help!

Luxe Surfaces has tons of patterned wall coverings that mix and match like no other. Don’t know where to start? Let us do the work for you – we can help create companion patterns that complement each other beautifully.

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